I had the opportunity to talk about my work and the Center in Catherine Moran's ARH 200 class this week, and I decided to try something new...I started by talking about the first site-specific, collaborative intervention I ever did which was made out of garbage bags at the University of Southern Maine in 2010. I think it was a turning point for me in terms of how I thought about working with other artists, what I thought art was, what I thought the process of making art should be, among other things. So, while this was a really important project for me, I realized that it might not have been very interesting for students; regardless it was a fun exercise in thinking about how the recent past impacts our future-selves. We also talked about the Center, context-specificity vs. site-specificity, and alternative art spaces.
A few of us went on a site-visit of the Buttonwood Park Zoo with the education curator, Carrie Hawthorne, and we're planning to propose some ideas for projects we might do there either in the spring or possibly sooner. We got to visit with some of the Animal Ambassadors who are part of the education programs at the zoo. It was a very special experience, and it brought up a lot of ideas and thoughts for me. Below is an "ethogram" which is something zoo researchers use to chart animal behaviors.